Dr. Mark Allan Powell is a Lutheran pastor and Bible professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He is also one of the authors of Opening the Book of Faith.
"Informed by current scholarship but also understandable to the average reader -- one of the most readable introductory works I have read. Replete with visual aids and verbal illustrations, it frequently bridges the gap between 'then' and 'now, ' helping modern Western readers to understand the nature and cultural assumptions of the Gospels. It also explains the views of a range of modern scholarship in intelligible ways." --Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary"Introduction to the Gospels covers the vast terrain of Gospels scholarship with ease and clarity. Written in Powell's characteristically accessible style, this comprehensive update of the original includes an expanded chapter on noncanonical gospels. A welcomed reinvigoration of what was already becoming a classic." --Jeannine K. Brown, Bethel Seminary"A reliable and lucid description of contemporary Gospel studies for the general reader. Mark Allan Powell writes so clearly that this book will easily serve individual study and church groups, as well as introductory Bible courses." --Pheme Perkins, Boston College"Mark Allan Powell has managed to present information that is essential to a sound understanding of the origin and nature of the Gospels. This gem of a book is enhanced by numerous charts and diagrams, making it an ideal classroom textbook." --Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary